11/24/2014 11:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Stations Reassure Viewers As Ferguson Coverage Interrupts 'Dancing With The Stars'

The primetime announcement of the grand jury decision in the Ferguson shooting case had some TV stations and viewers on edge -- but not only about the decision, in which officer Darren Wilson was not indicted, or the aftermath.

No, some appeared more concerned with the impact the coverage would have on their evening television as sweeps episodes of "Dancing With The Stars" and "The Voice" were interrupted by special reports.

WTVC NewsChannel 9 in Chattanooga sought to reassure its viewers on Twitter:

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That sparked an immediate backlash of replies and retweets, which led the station to delete the message and apologize:

Other stations also tweeted about the programming disruption:

Depending on time zone and location, some viewers saw full coverage of the announcement while others saw abbreviated coverage, according to Deadline. That led to some viewers seeing images such as this as the story unfolded:

For those wondering, November sweeps ends on Wednesday.



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